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Overview

Ben concentrates his practice in employee benefits law, including qualified retirement plans, employee welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, COBRA, and ERISA-related litigation. Ben also provides advice regarding benefits issues in corporate transactions, correcting errors in the administration of employee benefit plans, and dividing retirement benefits in divorce.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2013-2017
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the areas of Employee Benefits Law and Retirement Benefits/Pension Law, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-2018, in the fields of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation - ERISA
  • Eagle Scout
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • St. Xavier High School, Commencement Address, 1993

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisville Employee Benefits Council
  • Lexington Employee Benefits Council 
  • Louisville Deferred Compensation Practitioners

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Assistant Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Employee Stock Ownership Plans Subcommittee, 2014
  • President, Executive Committee, Louisville Employee Benefits Council; Past Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Chair, American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Employee Benefits, Subcommittee for Litigation, 2011-2013; Vice Chair, 2010-2011

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Bourbon Baroque, Board of Directors
  • Member, Saint Francis Xavier Society, St. Xavier High School 
  • Pomerium Musices, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Member, Young Associates Program, The Metropolitan Opera 
  • Knights of Columbus, Notre Dame Council, No. 1477 (Past Grand Knight)
  • Louisville Area Chapter ISCEBS Panelist: The Benefits of a Career in Employee Benefits

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • “Employee Benefits: Recent Changes in FMLA, ADA, GINA, COBRA, HIPAA, unemployment and the Affordable Care,” 26th Annual Kentucky Human Resource Update, May 29, 2014
  • “Health Care Reform: Employer Shared Responsibility,” Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP 2014 Corporate Law Update: Legal Tips for Businesses, April 11, 2014
  • “Recent Developments in Wellness Programs and the Affordable Care Act,” 29th Annual Kentucky SHRM Conference, September 25, 2013
  • “Health Care Reform: The Latest for Employers,” Louisville Employee Benefits Council – Health & Welfare Plan Sub-Council, September 24, 2013
  • Health Care Reform Seminar, June 11, 2013
  • “Health Care Reform: Ready or Not, Here it Comes! Understanding the Employer “Shared Responsibility” Requirements,” Financial Professional Conference, KY Society of Certified Public Accountants, April 17, 2013
  • “The Legal Side of Wellness,” Jeffersonville Workplace Wellness Symposium, February 19, 2013
  • ACA Market Reforms Applicable to Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, July 11, 2012
  • “Health Care Reform and Benefits Claims: Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Under PPACA,” Lexington Employee Benefits Council, April 20, 2011
  • “Understanding Health Care Reform: Advice for Employers,” Greenebaum Breakfast Briefing, July 28, 2010
  • "ERISA Litigation Update:  Lessons for Small Businesses," Kentucky Society of CPAs Small Business Conference, June 25, 2010
  • "Proposed Regulations under Section 409A: Identifying Affected Arrangements and Understanding the Transition Rules," Louisville Employee Benefits Council, 2005
  • "Understanding the New Determination Letter Program," Louisville Deferred Compensation Practitioners, 2005
  • "Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans," Cincinnati Bar Association, Annual Employee Benefits Conference, 2004
  • "Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans," Lorman Educational Services, Seminar on Estate Planning for the Family Business, 2002

News

Events

Presentations

  • “Employee Benefits Update – ACA, Wellness Programs and Fiduciary Regs,” Louisville Area Chapter ISCEBS, Louisville, Kentucky, August 3, 2017
  • "Employee Benefits Update Seminar," Evansville Country Club, Evansville, Indiana, June 30, 2016
  • “The Benefits of a Career in Employee Benefits,” Louisville Area Chapter ISCEBS, Louisville, Kentucky, October 15, 2014

Services

University of Notre Dame, B.A., Philosophy/Medieval Studies, summa cum laude, 1997
University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 2000
St. Xavier High School, 1993

  • Kentucky, 2000
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court
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